The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles and the Creative Therapies Center present . . .

Fall Lineup at the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles

Core Drama Therapy Classes

Principles of Drama Therapy (3 units)
September 2,  9, 16, 30; October 7, 14, 28 (Fridays)
11:00 am to 4:00 pm Pacific Time (PDT)
September 24 (Saturday, one class only.)
9:30 am to 2:30 pm Pacific Time (PDT)
Instructors: Pam Dunne, Ph.D, RDT-BCT,NT, Renda Dionne Madrigal, Ph.D, RDT, NT,
and Kamran Afary, Ph.D, RDT, NT

Participants will explore drama therapy approaches of Role Theory, Narradrama, Integrative 5 Phase, Transpersonal, Insight Improvisation, Ethnodrama, and DVT, etc. as well as related approach of Theatre of the Oppressed. Through experiential exercises involving psychodramatic and projective techniques, participants will discover ways to creatively utilize masks, puppets, life size dolls, objects and other projective materials as well as participate in integrating and expanding techniques of role reversal, doubling, interviewing and mirroring. Dynamic training videos from founders in the field will provide additional methods of learning. Course will be taught from the perspective of three different presenters with contrasting ethnic and cultural backgrounds, adding a unique dimension to the class.

TBA: 5+ hours of videos
Note: Class will not meet on September 23.

One to Three Day Classes

Acting for Evolution (14 hours, Not for CE’s or Units -  Acting Class)
September 12 to October 17 (Mondays)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm Pacific Time (PDT)
Instructor: Cynthia Kelvin, PsD, RDT

Acting for Evolution is a method of acting that focuses on different stages of personal and social evolution. Participants will engage in traditional acting methods alongside applied theatre processes, in order to break through barriers to confident self-expression. This method also supports the cultivation between performers and the community by embracing the foundations of the relationship between the actor and audience in creating social change through performance.

New! Utilizing Drama Therapy with People Affected by Behavioral and Substance Addictions (7 hours/CE’s)
Saturday, September 24
10:30 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time (PDT)
Instructor: Alexis Moran, MA, RDT-BCT, RADT

Explore different methods of using drama therapy processes with various forms of addiction including addiction to social media, sex/love addiction, gambling/gaming addiction, shopping addiction and substance abuse. The recent pandemic has shifted the amount of online presence that we engage in on a day-to-day basis which has created a large increase in behavioral addictions that promote instant gratification. As people have become more physically isolated the need to connect has become more prevalent and so society turned to the internet to assist in creating a sense of community, which has also led to increase in social media and is therefore affecting our overall mental health. This course will teach various drama therapy techniques to help clients confront their behavioral addictions and work towards using more balanced and healthy coping mechanisms.

New! Poetry Therapy and Multi Modal Methods with Grief and Loss (7 hours/CEs)
Sunday, September 25 and October 2
9:00 am to 12:30 pm Pacific Time (PDT)
Instructor: Terhi K. Korkiakangas, Ph.D, CL. Hyp

Discover how poetry and expressive art therapeutic methods help to explore grief and loss in a range of contexts, such as the death of a loved one, critical illness, miscarriage or loss of a child, divorce or end of a relationship, and other significant losses. Learn about the five stages of grief (Kubler-Ross, 1970), and the more recent paradigm of continuing bonds (Klass, Silverman, & Nickman, 1996)and how the poetic exploration can facilitate coping in the grieving process. Actively participate in creative, multimodal exercises to experience the therapeutic, strength-based benefits of poetry and arts focused on making meaning out of and transforming grief while adapting to loss.

Developmental Psychology (3 units)
October 21, November 11, 18; and December 2, 9 and 16 (Fridays)
12 pm to 6 pm (PDT for October and PST for November-December)
Instructor: Terhi K Korkiakangas, Ph.D, CL. Hyp

This course explores growth and change though the lifespan, unfolding before birth to old age. The development of human behavior, thinking, feeling, and relating will be explored, with specific focus on prenatal phase, childhood, and adolescence where most changes occur. Participants will study biological, social, emotional, and cognitive processes, and learn about the current critiques and debates in the field, including biomedical versus socio-cultural views on atypical development and psychopathology. Through integrating theory, experiential exercises, pertinent videos, and other creative approaches designed for self-reflection and discovery, participants will experience a hands-on creative approach to developmental psychology.

TBA: Film Hours

Narradrama and Mindfulness (7 hours/CEs)
Sunday, October 23
10:30am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time (PDT)
Instructor: Renda Dionne Madrigal, Ph.D, RDT, NT
Required for Narradrama Training

Participants will explore the fundamentals of mindfulness practices integrated with Narradrama through a series of exercises and applied to a variety of educational and therapeutic settings. Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we're doing and Narradrama offers an opportunity to experience that kind of presence through authentic stories and actions invited by that awareness.

Clinical Use of Narradrama: Transformational Stories (14 hours/CEs)
November 12, 19 and December 3 (Saturdays)
9:30 AM to 2:30 PM Pacific Time (PST)
Instructor: Pam Dunne, Ph.D, RDT-BCT, NT
Required: Narradrama Training

This dynamic class focuses on the use of story in Narradrama in a transformational way and looks at the following kinds of stories: unique outcome, identity change, healing relationship, possibility, silenced and power story. Participants explore through experiential exercises ways to expand and develop transformational stories and move from problem- saturated stories to more preferred ones through a restorying process.

New! Drama Therapy for Transformative Justice (7 hours/CEs)
Sunday, December 11
10:30 am to 6:00 pm Pacific Time (PST)
Facilitators: Kamran Afary, Ph.D, RDT, NT and Elizabeth Alteet, MFA, RDT
Required: Narradrama Training
Qualifies for: CHED (NADTA) requirements

This workshop will cover performance and creative expressions as forms of healing and their effects on resilience, gender norms, intersectionality, race, equity, diversity and rehabilitation in carceral settings. Recent creative work by drama therapists such as Zeina Daccache’s Blue Inmate Video Documentary and other works in the US and Canada will be covered.

All classes are on Zoom and some classes are Hybrid.

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Alexis Moran, MA, RDT-BCT, RADT
Cynthia Kelvin, PsD, RDT
Elizabeth Alteet, MFA, RDT
Kamran Afary, Ph.D, RDT, NT
Pam Dunne, Ph.D, RDT-BCT, NT
Renda Dionne Madrigal, Ph.D, RDT, NT
Terhi K Korkiakangas, Ph.D, CL. Hyp


All current programs are currently offered online via Zoom.

additional information:

The Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles (DTILA) and Creative Therapies Center (CTC) are approved providers for continuing education units for CAMFT and APA. Students may also receive these continuing education credits simultaneously with required units for DTILA’s Fundamentals Training Program (FTP) or for RDT Alternative Training. Students who choose FTP or Alternative Training will complete an additional 18 TBA hours which consists of film viewing, attending community events and in other ways.

CE fees for these programs are included in the registration fee. Please note that DTILA will be handling all continuing education requests. For more information, please contact Dr. Dunne by email at or

Please submit program questions as well as CE or registration inquires to Dr.Dunne at For more information on the Drama Therapy Institute of Los Angeles, visit